Night Gallery aglow with Las Vegas Neon Artist

August 5 - September 25, the Night Gallery is aglow with works by Las Vegas artist Pasha Rafat.

Photo by Pasha Rafat

The ASU School of Art presents the works of ASU alumnus, Pasha Rafat, now an artist/educator and professor of art at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

In his art, Pasha Rafat explores the physicality of light, and utilizes and manipulates the properties of gases contained in various size glass tubes to create different color strengths of colored light. In his installations, Rafat also coordinates the flow, effect, and ambience of the colored light in its architectural setting, altering a space and the viewer’s orientation to it.

His approach echoes the work of a group of 20th century artists whose interests lay in real physical phenomena rather than illusory material, specifically, the Russian Constructivists’ stressing the transparency of material, and the California Light and Space Artists’ exploration of perceptual, spatial and atmospheric aspects of art.

Rafat is exhibiting his work nationally from New York to Los Angeles, and internationally including France, Belgium and Korea. Rafat studied with former ASU photography professor Jack Stuler and corresponded with the late ASU founder of photographic studies, Bill Jay.

“Plasma discharge theory and contemporary art-speak need not be understood for art lovers to appreciate and be overwhelmed by these high-voltage sunsets,” says Jim White, ASU School of Art professor in sculpture, founder of ASU’s Neon Workshop and faculty advisor to the Night Gallery.

The Night Gallery is located at the Tempe Marketplace, 2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ. The gallery is on the west end and south side of “The District” between Barnes & Noble bookstore and Aeropostale.

Exhibition: Aug. 5 – Sept. 25, 2011
Meet the Artist: Friday, Aug. 5, 6–9 p.m.
Artist Lecture: Thursday, Aug. 25, 8–9 p.m.

Night Gallery hours: 6–9 p.m. Tuesday–Sunday

This exhibit, meet the artist event, and artist lecture are free and open to the public.

Public Contact
James White
ASU School of Art professor

The School of Art is a division of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. Its printmaking, photography and art education programs are nationally ranked in the top 10, and its Master of Fine Arts program is ranked eighth among public institutions by U.S.News & World Report. The school includes four student galleries for solo and group shows by graduate and undergraduate art and photography students: Gallery 100, Harry Wood, Northlight and Step. To learn more about the School of Art, visit

Media Contact:
Michelle White 
ASU School of Art 
Night Gallery

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